Book Review: In her new book “Grand Pursuit,” Sylvia Nasar, most famous for her biography of Josh Nash “A Beautiful Mind,” has written a sweeping history of economics and the great minds that helped drive it as a science and a discipline for the last 150 years. Nasar traces its roots to mid-19th century London and the observations Charles Dickens made of the poor. As she points out, the poor made up the bulk of England’s population - a sad, but accepted fact that few thought could change. But the onset of the study of economics, and the rise of the industrial revolution, people began to see that one’s lot in life, socially and financially, could indeed be transformed for the better.
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